Riverdance

spottydog06

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Photograph of the Riverdance which ran aground on the beach near Blackpool on Thursday night in heavy seas.

Below is an extract from the BBC news web page..

Twenty-three people were flown to safety after the ferry was hit by a freak wave which caused it to list on Thursday night.

The truck ferry was travelling from Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland to Heysham, Lancashire, when she ran into difficulty just before 2000 GMT.

Some of the ferry’s cargo of 50 lorries broke chains holding them down and as the load shifted the vessel began to list at 60 degrees in conditions described as the roughest for a decade.

Helicopters from the RAF, Royal Navy and Irish Coastguard battled mountainous seas and 60mph (96km/h) winds to rescue those on board.

Initially, four passengers and 10 of the crew were winched ashore, while the remaining nine crew tried to refloat the roll-on roll-off ferry.

But they too had to be pulled to safety.

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